Origin of the Name Gallagher
The ancient history of the name Gallagher
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Gallagher
include Gallacher, Gollagher and Gallaher. This name is derived from the Gaelic Ó'Gallchobhair that means 'foreign helper' and was possibly acquired in the three centuries when the families were marshals in the armies of the O'Donnells. When Gaelic names were anglicized during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were often changed to Anglo equivalents that sounded most like their original Gaelic name. They were descendants of the King of Ireland who reigned from 642-654. The Gallaghers claim to be the senior family of the Cineal Connaill, the Royal family of Connall Gulban, son of the great fourth century King 'Niall of the Nine Hostages'. Their territory extended over a wide area of Raphoe and Tirhugh in County Donegal. The national records show them to have been intimately connected with ecclesiastical rather than with military services. The name Gallacher is a Scottish variant of Gallagher found in both Ulster and Scotland .
The Gallagher coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gallagher descendants.